Distance runners, Dennis Horatio, Cleveland Thomas, Lionel D’Andrade, Nathaniel Giddings and
Winston Missenger will have a common focus today, which is to topple the road race king, Cleveland Forde when Courts hosts its 10km Road Race Classic today.
The race will begin at 6am in front of Courts, Main Street, proceed North to the Seawall Road, east along the Seawall Road, continue east along Rupert Craig Highway northern carriageway to turn at Church Road, Rupert Craig Highway southern carriageway into Kitty Public Road, South on Vlissingen road, west on Lamaha Street, south on the eastern carriageway on Main Street, turn around at the cenotaph to finish on the western carriageway of Main Street in front of Courts.
The two outcomes of today’s Courts 10km Road Race Classic are easy to deduce; it’s one of two things; either the band of Forde’s opposition implement a plan to rival the prolific road runner or Forde continues to exhort his dominance on the local scene.
Either which way, today makes for interesting rivalries with revenge at the back of the minds of Forde’s opposition. Forde’s one of the Caribbean’s best distance runners and is defending Courts 10km champion. He will be out to reinforce his dominance today.
The female race is a clearer scenario with Euleen Josiah-Tanner likely to win easily. Her closest rival in this
contest will most likely be Jevina Straker. Guyana Defence Force’s, Ashanti Scott will also be on the road to compete this morning.
The race will have five categories, namely Junior (age 16-19); seniors (Men 20-34) and (Women 20-39); Masters (Women 35 and over); Masters (Men 40-54) and Masters (Men 56 and over); all categories will attract cash prizes and trophies.
Banks DIH under its Powerade and Aqua Mist brands are also partnering with Courts for the race that will doll out $100,000 each to the open male and female winners. Second place will pocket a sum of $80,000; third $60,000; fourth $40,000 and fifth $20,000 for fifth place.
The top junior male and female athletes will win $60,000 while second, third, fourth and fifth get $40,000, $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. The Masters women 35 and above and men 40-54 earn prize monies of $60,000, $40,000 and $25,000 for first to third while the Masters men 56 and above will pocket $40,000, $25,000 and $15,000 for first through third.
Courts will be hosting the race for the third consecutive year since its re-introduction in 2011 and the race forms part of the company’s commemoration of 20 years since commencing operations in Guyana and is part of giving back to the community.
Persons, who usually walk in the National Park or on the Seawalls, are also encouraged to participate in the
event that has a 3km Walk/Jog, geared for the corporate community, family and friends of staff and anyone who wish to participate.
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